Iyengar Yoga

(June 30, 2010)

what is iyengar yoga


Fundamentals of Iyengar Yoga: The Iyengar method of yoga has been developed by Mr. Iyengar who has systematized 14 different types pf pranayamas (breath control methods) and also more than 200 classical yoga Asanas (postures). This method of yoga is initially taught via the in-depth study of breath control and postures. There are many variations to the Pranayamas and Asanas ranging from extremely simple to highly difficult. These have been categorized and structured in such a manner that even a beginner can safely navigate through the basic postures to reach the advanced ones thereby gaining strength, flexibility and sensitivity of body, mind and spirit.
Concept of Iyengar Yoga: The Iyengar yoga emphasizes on the fact that correct body posture and alignment will allow the body to develop well in a manner that is anatomically correct thereby ensuring that the student does not suffer any pain or injury if practiced correctly. Mr. Iyengar has also incorporated the use of props to help the body attain the correct positions as required. The commonly used props in the Iyengar yoga are chairs, wooden blocks, belts and blankets. These props help the student to support or adjust oneself in the various postures so that they can move through the entire range of motions in a safe and effective manner.
Importance of Pranayama in Iyengar yoga:  Pranayama or breath control methods are introduced in Iyengar yoga once the student has achieved the required flexibility, alignment, training and lung capacity via various asanas or postures. Practicing body postures lay the foundation for the student to be able to sit and breathe correctly while practicing breath control. Pranayama in Iyengar yoga tends to befit the body physically by toning the digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems.  It also helps to get the senses and mind under control thereby allowing the student to be prepared for the meditation experience. As per Mr. Iyengar Pranayama is essential before going into meditation as it helps to still the mind and allows one to withdraw oneself from external objects and distractions.
Distinguishing factors of Iyengar Yoga: Iyengar yoga is different from other styles of yoga in three main aspects that is sequence, technique and timing. Technique refers to fine tuning the alignment of the body in the various methods of breath control and body postures. Sequence refers to knowing which body posture should be practiced after which as the correct sequencing will allow the student to derive the maximum benefits for the mind and body.

Submitted by A on June 30, 2010 at 05:00

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